Music is flexible and can be expressed by playing what’s written on the page or by improvising. Improvisation is when a musician plays an instrument without preparing music or comes up with melodies and chords spontaneously.

Click here for a video of award-winning musician and songwriter, Jacob Collier, performing a piano improvisation. Or here for an example of a 12-year-old child prodigy, Alma Deutsher, using improvisation to compose a piano piece.

While these examples are quite advanced, you can also do a simpler version of this on your own! You can find recordings of songs and improvise melodies on top of them. Do the same exercise as Alma and let four notes inspire a minute-long song. Grab a friend and play together sharing the piano. There are no limits!

Improvisation is a great way let go of the occasionally meticulous precision of practicing and just have some fun. It’s also an invaluable tool as a musician to be able to cover up mistakes or compose new material. Improvisation encourages the musician to be free and creative. Try it out and let us know how it goes!


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